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K33 Research

19 May 2023

The Friday Focus - Issue 86

An infamous trio from last year's crypto crisis is in focus this week, with BlockFi, Voyager, and Celsius still figuring out how to repay their customers - more in this week's Friday Focus!

Top stories

  • BlockFi and Voyager with new plans to liquidate parts of their businesses

  • Celsius moving hundreds of millions of dollars worth of ETH

  • SEC pushes back on Coinbase's demand for crypto rules in the U.S.

BlockFi's failed attempt to sell off its lending business is now resulting in an attempt to liquidate the business and distribute funds to creditors. The company emphasized that selling the business might not generate meaningful value for creditors. BlockFi, among others, filed for bankruptcy protection in November last year after FTX collapsed.

Voyager, another bankrupt crypto company, has also struggled to find a bailout, and the Court has now approved its liquidation plan, which reportedly will result in payouts of $1.33 billion, or about 35% of creditors' claims. 

Celsius is also in the news for similar reasons this week, as the company is withdrawing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of ether (ETH) amid its ongoing bankruptcy and restructuring process. The news broke after Celsius moved nearly $800 million worth of staked ether (stETH) and initiated withdrawal requests on Lido Finance.

The SEC has asked the Court to deny Coinbase's demand for crypto rules in the U.S. The response came after Coinbase filed a court action in April, seeking the Court to compel the regulator into responding to its request for specific rulemaking on crypto assets. The SEC disagrees with the obligation and says that defining crypto rules is a "necessary complicated endeavor", suggesting that it would be a long, drawn-out process. 

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With that, we wish you a great weekend!

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